There comes a point in working opus vermiculata that the lines start to intersect and overlap. The question becomes, which portion takes precedence, of any as they start bumping into each other. If you've done is right, the design forms some nice geometric-type shape—odd lumpy square or triangle. If you've done it like I obviously have to this point, you've gotten one area grown beyond where it should be at this point and it kind of overlaps the other side. Hopefully this will create a pleasing effect. In all events, I may be the only person who even notices the problem.
Update: the problems I was having with the glass paint apparently were related solely to the piece of glass I had selected. I tested the same paint on another piece of glass and it was fine. And when I went to buy another bottle of gum arabic, they all had some sort of sediment on the bottom. So apparently it's normal, it's just that I don't usually shake the bottle or look at it closely afterwards.
I did a lot of work on the design going on the sculpture over the weekend and by Monday had started painting. I should be finished with the paint/collage phase of the design by Friday. I was scheduled to take a class this weekend, and then teach a different class next week, but both have been cancelled due to low enrollment. So now I get to work on the sculpture all weekend—yay!
Yesterday I was in Golden, CO, meeting with other artists from the Rocky Mountain Association of Mosaic Artists (RMAMA). I don't get to attend more than one or two meetings a year, and this is the second in about six months so I felt very blessed. I always leave them feeling very energized and buzzing with ideas. And I usually have an hour or two of driving to get back home to semi-process a lot of my thoughts.
Since my last post I've been a bit under the weather with a mild infection and overwhelmed by a large etsy order. I'm starting to feel good again, and that's a good thing.
Since I'll be hanging the new piece tomorrow at Commonwheel Artist's Co-op I figured it needed a real name. The husband was no help so I went with a random thought from the past few days. Last Friday I was running all over the place and found myself thinking about the scene in Ibsen's "A Doll's House" where Nora dances a tarantella (a fast, spirited dance) to distract those in the room with her from discovering the letter that spelled out her impending doom. With that thought in mind I named the piece "Nora's Tarantella."
Last night I decided that I would put my hat in the ring (metaphorically speaking) for a slot that's open at my artist's co-op. So now I have a little bit of work to do to have enough pieces to shoot, print, and submit by Tuesday next week. I think it'll be ok, I already have a few pieces ready to go, just playing with some new techniques and stitches.
In no particular order, I am a wife; an artist working in glass, collage, paint, mosaics, fiber, plastic, and/or computer; an avid reader; an oldest child; president and member of an artists co-op; a former editor and grammar freak; teacher; friend; singer; and/or all-around know-it-all.